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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  54 reviews
For Alexa, the answer to everything comes down to numbers. Three sons. One divorce. One great life...except her boys are getting older and they really need a man in their lives. Enter the number twenty, as in after twenty minutes with someone she knows whether or not she wants them in her life. So, she hatches a plan to meet any man who even remotely strikes her interest—f ...more
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Published November 12th 2018 by Entangled Publishing LLC (August)
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a great story, romantic, funny, and highly entertaining. Alexa is a single mother raising three sons. She hasn't been able to find love after her divorce and plans to do it now. That's the thing about her, she plans everything. She wants to control every aspect of her life and hates it when things don't go according to her plans. She is a hard worker and has a successful carrier, she is beautiful and by all accounts should be able to find a good guy. Unfortunately, that's not as easy as see ...more
Ivy Deluca
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a middle of the road read for me. I liked the OW/YM trope, but I wasn't quite sure I bought into their love. Do I think they'd have an affair, but seeing them get past her tendency to treat him like a child was a struggle, so in the end, I wasn't completely into their HEA. But there are some parts of the story that did work and kept me reading, enough that I wouldn't completely out another read by this author. ...more
Paula Reid
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Adventures in Online Dating. I must admit this is the 1st book by Julie Particka I’ve read, it’s also the 1st older woman, younger man book I’ve read.

Alexa, who likes to plan everything, comes up with the perfect way to streamline her online dating opportunities and find a man worthy of a 1st date without wasting too much of her free time away from her kids.
Marshall, the owner of Alexas favourite coffee shop has been admiring her for years. He sufferingly allows her to
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into this book hoping for a fun tongue in cheek sort of romance book, it is my first book by Julie Particka and I was not sure what to expect. Luckily this was exactly the type of book I was looking for!

We start of by meeting Alexa a single mum of three who likes to plan her life down to the last detail. After deciding she knows if a relationship is going anywhere after the first 20 minutes she decides to optimise her time by setting 20 minute dates one after another to help find her perf
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Cute rom-com, even if I didn't connect to the heroine (Alexa) much. (It's not her fault; I'm not a mom, and we have different interests. For example, I loved all of the geeky quotes and references said by our hero, Marshall, even when they annoyed Alexa.) I enjoyed it even without that connection to Alexa. I had more than enough in common with Marshall for me to be rooting for the romance to work. I also really loved the way Alexa's sons were written, and I appreciate that they felt very realist ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a quick read but despite that I didn’t love the main character Alexa. There was really no remarkable plot twists rather that the two main characters were on a different page from the very beginning. I didn’t love it but I also I didn’t hate it.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alexa is tired of being alone, a single mom to her three boys. However, the idea of online dating and meeting the guys who actually email her on there just seems like a huge waste of time. She's tried meeting people in social settings, but just never clicked with anyone. So, when her friend pushes her to meet some of the guys who've messaged her on the online dating website, Alexa comes up with a plan. Instead of giving each guy a date night full of wining and dining, she'll give each guy twenty ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alexa has decided that her three sons need a male influence, and opts for online dating, which does not prove ideal. Marshall, the hot barista, is rather entertained by her endeavour but he wishes she would think of him. Alas, Alexa made it clear that at 32, he’s ten years older than her, and not on her radar, even though her hormones negate her assertions.

The premise was pure catnip for me, and after reading an excerpt, I knew I needed that book, and ADVENTURES IN ONLINE DATING did not disappo
patrick Lorelli
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Alexa is a divorced mother with three boys, she has not dated in a very long time and one of the reasons is her set of questions that are set to equal a perfect match for her with her boys. Alexa plans and arranges everything in her life along with her boys. When going into her favorite coffee house owned by Marshall, he overhears her talking to her best friend agreeing with the dates for 20 minutes in the afternoon at his coffee shop. He disagrees with her plan at is not embarrassed that he is ...more
Kathleen Bruce
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! And Marshall is my new favourite book boyfriend! While i couldn't understand or click with Alexa straightaway (hey I'm not a mum. Or a numbers person or organisation Very analytical) when I did connect with her I understood her motives. And mostly forgave her. Especially after all the times I smacked my head over things she said or thought. Or judgements. Judgements she was wrong about!

But Marshall! Perfect book boyfriend! He's a sweetheart. I want to keep him. Hes strong, bu
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Entangled and Julie Particka.***

Adventures in Online Dating, by Julie Particka, was a bit flat for me. Alexa is a single mom who wants to find a boyfriend who can fit into her very structured life. She wants him to be a good male role model for her boys. She and a friend design a series of 20-minute dates to screen potential matches. Marshall, the owner of the café where the dates are taking place, is
Stacy J.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is how books should be written. There were so many feelings in this book. There were parts I laughed at, swooned for, cried and was so angry I wanted to throw my kindle across the room.

Alexa is a divorced woman who's whole life runs on numbers. She tried to take the emotions out of things and think critically. This is where the whole 20 minute date comes into play. She is a woman who thinks as long as she sticks to the plan she will be happy. She is getting upset that men are not playing b
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
2.5 stars

The idea of this book is super cute. Online dating is so prevalent nowadays, that I wanted to see what a book would feature it like. Yet, this book doesn't feature online dating too much-- just in the beginning really... what I think it should have highlighted was her 20 minute dates since "20 minutes" is a common theme throughout the book.

I started off really liking this book. It is cute, we've
Elizabeth Neal
**3.5 Stars**

Alexa is a divorced single mother of three, sure she'll never find love again. But then she devises a plan, using her favorite coffee shop as the setting, to meet men that garner some interest from her. Twenty minutes is all she'll need to know if she wants them to be a part of her life. It's the most efficient way to find the love of her life.

Marshall, the coffee shop owner, disagrees. He doesn't want her to use his place, and it may, okay, it does, have to do with the fact Alexa h
Dawn Cunningham Roether
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley
This is a story about a single mother looking for a male figure for her boys. She begins speed dating at the local coffee shop and catches the interest of the owner.

This was a simple contemporary romance story with an HEA. I had a real hard time at the beginning and nearly gave up on the book. I powered through and became invested at about 70%. I had a hard time with the dialogue and confused as to the town of the characters during conversations. It wasn't very descriptive and I found myself re
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love that this story is not the typical romance novel. Marshal and Alexa’s relationship is typical of the many challenges most couples face in real life. Alexa is divorced with 3 children and trying to put her life back together. Typography a single mom, her children are her priority which does not leave much time for dating or sex. Coupled with that she has boys who are becoming teenagers and they are a foreign species to her. She decides it is time to find a compatible male to share their li ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
by Julie Patricka is a funny, romantic book with a happy ending.

Alexa, single mother of three boys is still single after her divorce. Even though she is good looking, successful and a nice person she simply can't find a guy for herself.
So she decides to try online dating a chance. Convinced that twenty minutes is more than enough to tell her if someone is right for her, she chooses her favorite cafe for the quick dates to the annoyance of Marshall, a cafe owner and guy who knows he is a perfec
Lita Thomas
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adventures in Online Dating by Julie Particka is a cute story of Alexa a forty something divorcee and mother or 3 boys. She is at the point in her life where she feels the boys need a father figure so she comes up with a hair brain scheme to find someone to fill the position. Since her life is numbers she come up with 20 minute speed dating at her favorite coffee shop. The owner Marshall thinks her ideal is crazy but since she makes him an offer he couldn't refuse he let her use his shop. The in ...more
Bette Hansen
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining funny, quick read that is perfect for an afternoon escape. Great writing and characters will leave you with a happy feeling. Loved the fun storyline!

Alexa is a serious organized single mom of 3 rambunctious boys. She's worried that her sons need a man's influence on a more consistent basis than they are getting from their father so she sets out on a plan to find a boyfriend via online dating. She meets all her "dates" in a local cafe. Only problem is the cafe owner, Mars
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a cute story! I loved Alexa and all her neuroses. She would blurt out whatever popped in her head, had numbers and statistics coming out the wazoo, and plans taking over her life. But she was cute and funny, a refreshing single mom in her early forties. Throw in Marshall, a younger stud who is wise beyond his years and that provides lots of entertainment. I loved how he went for her and pursued her, and then how she kept staying one step ahead. Definitely a great cat and mouse game. But tog ...more
Sadie Anjum
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good romance story and Julie Particka's Adventures in Online Dating certainly delivered that and so much more! The story focuses on Alexa McIntyre, a forty something successful business woman who begins online dating to search for her Mister right! Obsessed with statistics and doing things by the book, she arranges her dates to last between twenty minutes. Alexa sets up base at a local coffee shop owned by the thirty something, "geeky" Marshall Calloway. Marshall secretly crushes on Ale ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This was a fun read by a new-to-me author. I could really relate to Alexa as a woman in her 40s looking for The One, and I adored Marshall because right from the beginning he was a perfect match for Alexa. (Her algorithms even said so!) The age difference didn't bother me in the least, and it was nice to see the typical roles reversed.

The problems I had with the story were that often times a problem would arise (or something happened that Alexa thought was a problem) and she just wouldn't say an
Leslie Ooten
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This one was just okay. I had a hard time getting into the story, the writing didn't capture my attention the way I would have liked. I knew this was going to be an older woman/younger man story, but I didn't realize how much I wasn't going to like them as a couple. Alexa was a single mom, and she was set in her ways. I wasn't a fan of her "20 minute" rule. I understand instant attraction, but you can't know everything about a person in 20 minutes. Even after she agrees to go out with Marshall, ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
I thought this was a pretty solid read. It had some amusing parts, and was not dramatic. Alexa is a divorcee who is more scarred and scared after her marriage break down than first expected. Our h has come to rely on planning, structure and research in pretty much every aspect of her life. Our H Marshall is on the flip side in not wanting to make lots of long term plans and is viewed as immature by the h. Alexa starts of on her own version of speed dating and the story roles from there. I really ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 11/17/18/


The title is a bit misleading, though--Alexa spends only about a hot minute--or maybe twenty hot minutes--actually trying her online dating plan. (Okay, it's longer than that. But Ms. Particka doesn't spend too much time dwelling on the details of that disaster, and rightly so, before focusing on the growing relationship-like thing between Alexa and Marshall.) It is the catalyst that gets Alexa and Marshall together, though, so there is that
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I went into this book thinking I would love it. The blurb was so interesting and unique.

This storyline was interesting and unique, though. Twenty-minute dates is all Alexa needs to figure out if a guy is worth a second date. But Alexa was so stuck in her statistics and her dismissal of Marshall, I couldn’t ever get over how she treated him, even up until the very end. I honestly didn’t even want them to end up together because of it. Marshall could have done better.

The saving graces in this boo
Carole Mckee
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

A great thing about this book is how real and in depth the characters are. I personally have never done online dating, but I can imagine it must be quite an experience. Alexa tries it but it isn't working out very well for her. She is a woman who plans everything and keeps her life neat and tidy. Along comes Marshall, who just seems to wing it when it comes to everything in life. He lives in the "now" rather than the future. As Alexa continues her perfect p!an to find a suitable man for
Tracie Simister
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I gave this Book a rating of 5 ✩’s
Title: Adventures in Online Dating
Series: Standalone
Genre: RomCom
Author: Julie Particka
Format: Kindle Edition
Published on: Nov 12, 2018

I voluntarily received a Courtesy Copy of this book from AuthorsPal and am choosing to leave a review.
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What I liked/Didn’t Like: My first book by this author and it was funny, Witty, Easy to read and full of fun. I loved the authors writing style and her characters descriptions and
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be a refreshing change of pace from most of the romances I read. I love the fact that Alexa is over 40 and I love the fact that Marshall was a little younger. It was also refreshing that Alexa was not just consumed with bitterness about her ex-husband's wandering spirit and less that constant presence in their children's lives. I look forward to reading more books from Julie Particka.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and feelings are
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book was cute, I was looking for something with an older woman and younger man dynamic and while I would have preferred one without kids being involved I still surprisingly enjoyed this.

Some of the chemistry seemed forced as well as some of the steamy scenes. But that’s just my own personal opinion.

I did appreciate how the author delved into explaining and setting up the issue of bringing another man to met her kids because that was really helpful to further understand Alexa.
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